[alert type=”blue”]ValveTime have reported that the trademark has been completely removed and was most likely a hoax.[/alert]
the site posted the following update regarding the filing:
“We can now confirm that the “Half-Life 3” trademark has been removed from theTrademarks and Design Registration Office of the European Union (OHIM) website. The entrant appears to have disappeared entirely after only being listed on the website database for little over a week, allowing us to identify that the trademark’s listing was more than likely a hoax intended to generate fake buzz for a game which is unlikely to appear for several years. Returning readers may remember when we had discussed how the “Half-Life 3” listing was previously never officially checked or authenticated before its removal.
On October 2nd 2013, a brand new trademark filing appeared on the same site, this time for Portal 3″, which is listed under the trademark number of “012190286”. While this new filing should almost definitely be taken with a rather large pinch of salt, we can confirm that the “Portal 3” listing appears to have been appropriately examined by OHIM, unlike the previously listed “Half-Life 3” trademark. Thanks to the recent sneak peak into Valve’s Jira account, we can confirm that there is currently no “Portal 3″ development team within the company, highlighting that this brand new listing is also very likely a hoax of some kind, regardless of whether or not it has been officially examined. We’ll keep you posted if and when we learn more.”
Valve has declined to comment.
It seems that Valve could be finally getting their act together for one of their biggest titles, as the firm appear to have filed a trademark in Europe for the long-awaited Half Life 3.
On the 29th September is when the trademark was filed and lists Valve as the owner with a classification of “video game software”.
Half Life 2: Episode Two was the last title in the series to come to the public way back nine years ago in 2004. Since then fans have been eagerly awaiting the next instalment which should have been Episode Three in 2007, but at this point now has no release date and thanks to Valve employees refusing to refusing to comment with updates, we’ve not actually had any official confirmation of it’s existence since 2011.
All I know is while a Half Life sequel is overdue, I’d be happier if it didn’t come out at all rather than Valve getting it wrong after so long… Just look at Duke Nukem Forever.